I’ve been using this magical time-of-the-month gadget (can I say that?) called a Diva Cup for a decade. It feels like a healthy long-term relationship. It’s taken me through every kind of period under the sun and has turned me off of tampons and pads forever. Yes, forever.
In an effort to consciously minimize personal waste, it was a step in the right direction. According to an article from Slate, which cites the EPA, women will dump a whopping 62,415 pounds of garbage just from tampons, tampon applicators, and sanitary napkins. Oy.
Aside from cushioning the blow on the environment, a menstrual cup is gentle on the pocketbook (and dare I say the vagina) at $38 from Amazon.ca. I have seen it cheaper at local stores, ranging from $25-$25. The best part: it’s designed to last for decades since it’s made from medical-grade silicone. I recommend watching the demo video DivaCup made if I’ve piqued your interest.
Before I jump into cleaning your stained cup, (which my husband told me was ballsy to talk about on the blog), I do have a few sage pieces of advice:
- If you do aerial sports like silking or aerial yoga, wear backup. True story, I had to make an impromptu trip to the grocery store for new underwear while wearing wadded up toilet paper in my wet underwear after we flipped upside down then right side up in aerial yoga. Not fun.
- Don’t forget about your menstrual cup while it’s boiling on the stove, leave the house for an oil change and come home. You’ll probably have to replace it. Oops. Yes, that was another true story. I never leave the stove when I leave the house now.
- If you’re rigorous about tracking periods and they’re quite regular, it doesn’t hurt to put your menstrual cup in around when you’re anticipating the crimson tide.
- If you use tampons, you can absolutely switch to a menstrual cup!
Cleaning Your (Stained) Menstrual Cup
This is my method for “bleaching” my menstrual cup! I’ve read online about people that soak theirs in 99% peroxide, which I’ll take a hard pass on since lemon slices and baking soda are a tad cheaper.
How I clean my DivaCup:
- Place your menstrual cup in a medium pot (you don’t want it to boil or fizz over), cover with water while the cup is on its side.
- Add lemon slices (optional; you can actually do this with JUST baking soda) to cover the water, and shake some baking soda overtop. I actually add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of baking soda, depending on how stained it is. Stir the baking soda and lemon slices around until the baking soda dissolves.
- Bring to boil until the water gets fizzy and lemons turn orange. The longer you leave your cup to boil, more staining will come off. The cup turns translucent around now. Remove cup from water, wipe down with cloth or paper towel; the paper towel or cloth should scrub off some of the residues from the cup.
- Hooray! Admire your not-as-stained cup, and wait ever so patiently for your next period.
Happy crimson tide to one and all!